• A Sudden Light Interior


SuddenLight_hallwayA couple of years ago I did an event at a Northwest bookstore, A Book for all Seasons, in Leavenworth, Washington. After the event, we had a nice dinner; they put me up in the inn above the bookstore. The inn has half a dozen rooms at most, each with a literary theme: The Sherlock Holmes Room, the Secret Garden Room, etc. I was staying in the Sherlock Holmes Room and in the middle of the night, the person staying above me in the Roald Dahl room started stomping around, waking me up. Then he started moving furniture around the room. Dragging the couch this way and that, moving the bed. It was loud—serious redecorating! Eventually I fell asleep.

The next morning, I went down to the bookstore to check out. “How was your stay?” the cheerful clerk asked. “It was good,” I said. “But the person staying upstairs from me was kind of weird. He had some serious insomnia and was rearranging the furniture all night.”

The clerk blanched.

“What’s wrong?” I asked.

“You were the only one staying in the inn last night,” she said.

I later found out that strange things have happened in the bookstore as well.  Sometimes, books are moved overnight, or certain titles are turned spine-in.  But don’t be afraid to go there; the ghost—if you believe in ghosts—seems fairly benign, and probably is a good reader.

I loved reading scary stories when I was young. But my favorites were never stories with ghosts or evil beings, but those that dealt with supernatural elements in a more subtle way. For instance, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce (also made into a short film), or The Monkey’s Paw, by W.W. Jacobs.

From A Sudden Light

page 31
“There’s a hidden stairway, Trevor, and if you find it and strike a match, you will see an apparition in the sudden flash of light. The ghost of Riddell House.”

page 123.
“But it was there. I could feel it rumbling under the surface of everything we did. Riddell House was no longer dead. The old trees that held up the walls and the roof were stirring. They were waking from a long slumber, and their sap was flowing once again.”

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